It seems that Scioscia is finally starting to come to grips with the fact that starting Matthews and Anderson and their 500+ AB's of .300-ish OBP might be acting like an anchor on the offense. It seems that he is thinking about increasing the roles of Rivera, Willits and Quinlan to increase the team OBP.
Has Scioscia finally realized that you have to have baserunners to score runs? Seems like it.
Either way, if you have Juan Rivera on the bench and two corner outfielders with OBP's hovering just above or just below .300 you HAVE to make a move, right?
Willits posted a .391 OBP last year and Rivera has a career OBP of .336 and a career SLG of .465. Those two guys need a chance - I say 150+ AB's - to see if they can improve the offense right now.
Here's to hoping that Matthews and GA are benched and Rivera and Willits are allowed to improve the team for the next 90 games. The two proven veterans have been given damn near half a season to produce, and they have choked - or more appropriately - produced exactly what should have been expected of them - crap.
There are in-house solutions - make the moves, Mike!
Who do you NOT start in the OF?
Anderson (11 votes)
Matthews (25 votes)
Anderson and Matthews (16 votes)
Keep 'em both - Rivera and Willits are scrubs... (9 votes)
61 total votes